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Legal eagle to enforce real estate settlement act

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Gary Cunningham sees his new role at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as a good fit for both his professional background and his interests. He worked as a private-practice attorney specializing in real estate, finance, construction and corporate law. He served as general counsel for the development of the $300 million St. Louis convention center, home to the St. Louis Rams football team. He also worked for a construction firm in St. Louis. And most recently, he spent about a year at the U.S. Department of Justice helping with the appointment of judges and working on enforcement of laws under the department's purview. He brings those experiences with him as HUD's new deputy assistant secretary for regulatory affairs and manufactured housing. In short, Cunningham is HUD's chief enforcement officer of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. "I'm committed to housing and the mission of housing," the St. Louis native said. "It's bringing fairness and a level playing ...